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Lasse Laursen

Designer / Engineer / DJ in Tokyo

Modern Touch DJing


The availability of touch interfaces for DJing has exponentially increased along with the obiquitous influence of smartphones and tablets. But many of these "modern" interfaces stick to applying dated interaction patterns that are unfitting for this new type of interface. In this presentation, Lasse Laursen talks about where he believes the strength of mixing using touch interfaces lie, along with a sneak peak at his own work-in-progress interface.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 4, 2013.

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VJ DJ Communication

@ VOL 105 ON JUL 31, 2013

In this presentation, Lasse Laursen talks about his ideas and perspectives on how to improve the communication between DJ's and VJ's during live performances. This is the second presentation in a series involving a new touch-based audio mixing interface that he is currently designing at the University of Tokyo, with the goal of allowing for more creativity in a live setting. The system is designed to facilitate more communication between DJ's and VJ's, to promote a better party experience.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 2, 2013.

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The Future of Music is Wearable

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Gee Daigo Kawai is working with wearable technology firm MACHINA to bring the future of DJing to fruition. He discusses the futuristic sensors, fabrics, and gestures that make up the jacket that will allow music-makers the ability to control flow, beats, and switch tracks at will. 

"Presentation of the Day" on November 29, 2013.

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The Power of Touch

@ VOL 113 ON APR 30, 2014

Touchy HumanCamera speaks about his experience as Touchy Human camera. He says he has been able to visit many countries and communicate with thousands of people through this. He gives an idea how we should try to divide our time between online and offline life in order to remain happy and satisfied. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 6, 2014.

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"Please Touch" Connected Art

@ VOL 10 ON JUL 01, 2015

"To us there seemed to be an obvious link between the transparent surfaces of interactive technology, omnipresent in our lives, and the tactile nature of our glass wood art pieces.

Just as interactive technology requires the human touch to activate, what if our sculpture responded to the human touch?  Could we fuse these two notions--a traditional art form and interactive technology--while maintaining aesthetic integrity and technical functionality? Our idea for a tactile and interactive installation was born." Sophie et Guillaume Le Penher


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The Dilemma of a Modern Violinist

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

In "The Dilemma of a Modern Violinist," professional violinist Ariel Clayton Karas chronicles humorous aspects of her musical journey and addresses the challenges classical musicians face with a genre long-considered to be "high art." Her presentation unfolds simply through all-text slides paired with a rotating soundtrack of music clips. Through "The Dilemma of the Modern Violinist," Ariel hopes new listeners will be inspired, and that "the keepers of this beautiful, unique genre of music never lose sight of its power to connect, not separate."

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Touch & GO

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Andrea Oleniczak talks about her role as the Fab Lab Manager in this PK titled Touch & GO.

Born & raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Andrea has a BFA in Glass from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. She is currently the Fab Lab Manager @ the LMC Fab Lab. She’s previously held all sorts of positions including Production Glassblower, Studio Technician, Design Consultant, Facilities Coordinator, Product Designer and Teacher. Her addictions? Coffee and podcasts. Her daydreams? To see local manufacturing that incorporates historical craft and reintroduces apprenticeship models.


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Touch Yourself

@ VOL 11 ON MAR 01, 2018

Mary Helgager speaks to us about communicating with our nonverbal selves, how to listen, and respond to our bodies signals that need attention.  

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I Hear & Touch

@ VOL 3 ON MAR 30, 2018

Rabeya Jalil is an art educator and visual artist based in Lahore. She did her undergraduate studies in Fine Art from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore in 2005 and her Masters in Art and Art Education (Ed.M.) from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2013. Currently she is Assistant Professor at the Beaconhouse National University, School of Visual Arts and Design (BNU-SVAD) the Program Head of the MA Art Education Program in the Department of Graduate Studies at SVAD in Lahore

Her art education practice involves working with school art teachers, children with special needs, and individuals from low-income families and culturally diverse populations to explore their creative expression and suggest curricular intervention through the arts. Jalil has presented at (Art Education and Printmaking) conferences in Lahore, Islamabad, New York, Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego, Chicago, St. Louis (Missouri) and Istanbul, and has exhibited her work in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, U. A. E., U.S.A, U.K., Spain, Portugal and India.

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The Healing Touch of Body Painting

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

For nearly ten years, Alicia Cobb has painted bodies. She did not realize the transformative impact of body painting and the healing powers of the process and the final product.